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Old 10-10-2018, 09:03 AM   #1
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Replaced Dometic Penguin Heat Pump after 15 years

Just replaced our original Dometic Penguin 15000 BTU heat pump with a new Penguin II 15000 BTU heat pump, part no. 651816CXX1C0.

In August, the 20A circuit breaker on the unit would immediately trip (much less than a second) each time the compressor came on. Used an ammeter, but the breaker would trip so quickly that a consistent measurement was not possible. I did notice several times that the ammeter would read > 20A.

The breaker was new as part of our 30A to 50A upgrade project. I swapped the breaker with a spare just to be sure, as it is an Eaton's dual purpose arc fault/ground fault circuit interrupter, 20A single pole CHFAFGF120CS. The new breaker also tripped just as the compressor stated. Put in a traditional 20A breaker, and the trip continued.

Camper Clinic II in Buda, TX did the replacement. Ordered parts on August 29, and the earliest installation was Oct 1.

Arrived with trailer at 8:30 am, and the service department texted that it was ready about 1:30pm. All seems to work well, and breaker no longer trips. Have not noticed any significant noise reduction, but seems to move more air than before.


Like the new thermostat.


Have been happy with the Dometic Penguin heat pump product for the past 15 years, and we hope the Penguin II gives us similar excellent service.

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Hi There,

Did you ever figure out why it was tripping? Ours is (probably) fried and we're looking for a replacement. We have a 2005 Safari 30' Bunkhouse and I can't tell what model our A/C is other than Dometic Penguin Duo-Therm. Not sure what exactly takes the place of that model but assume yours being a 2004 was similar. Really don't want to shell out $1200 and installation but electrical work freaks me out.

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Did you ever figure out why it was tripping? Ours is (probably) fried and we're looking for a replacement.
Did not. Was going to cost > $200 for troubleshooting. Ours was old, and figured a replacement was due.

Check out the two links in my opening post for the cost details.

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